First of all sorry, I didn’t realize this wasn’t posted.
This episode isn’t that great. It has potential at the beginning by how everything is set up and the sorta dark humor. Main problem of the episode is after a certain point it doesn’t really have any structure. Nice title though. It sounds like a bad reality show. Even though I don’t even know why it’s called that.
The episode starts out with Jason cooking Breakfast, and he gets a call from Maggie’s parents. Since we last saw them they’ve been living life on the road. Now they’re coming for an impromptu visit. Now they’ve decided to move into an apartment in Boston, but it won’t be done for a month. That means they have to stay with the Seavers for a full month. What a nightmare. That isn’t actually the case. Turns out they’re there for a surprise anniversary party for Maggie and Jason. I liked how they handled this in that Carol and Mike both get scenes setting up the surprise party with Ed Malone. It’s different than just having one scene with them all together. In order for Maggie, Ben, and Carol to set up for the party.
Maggie’s parents take Jason and Maggie out for dinner.
The party is in full swing and now they’re just waiting for Maggie and Jason to arrive. Everyone uses the surprise on Carol’s sorta boyfriend Sandy (Matthew Perry). Nice to see him again. I don’t even know how the hell Carol thought Sandy was her parents. She looks right out the door. He’s alone too! Ben is with his girlfriend, who’d you expect to be Judy from Ben’s First Kiss, but it’s this girl named Laura Lynn. Mike doesn’t have a date, which they keep making such a big deal of. It’s pretty obvious now, but I’ll get to it. The only people Jason, Maggie, and Carol really know at the party of Maggie’s parents and Jason’s mother, Irma, and Wally. Carol got the names for the party off the list of people Maggie sends Christmas cards. The rest are people that none of them know. That is besides Reverend Chuck MacGregor, who married Maggie and Jason. That’s a nice touch. Johnny Dark (badass name) plays Uncle Larry in this episode. He’s in four other episodes of Growing Pains. Only thing he plays two different characters. Deejay from the two-part high school dance episode and Moe Green. We haven’t gotten to Moe Green yet. Maggie and Jason arrive and nothing really happens.
Ed makes a speech saying he didn’t think Maggie and Jason were going to make it.
That was funny. Maggie is getting into the middle of heated discussions between her mom and Irma. Another person points out that Mike doesn’t have a date! Ben’s girlfriend, Lauren, gets pissed multiple times that he’s not really acting like a gentlemen. Uncle Larry hits on Julie multiple times. To get her to stop Mike tells him Julie used to be a guy. I guess the whole point is to show how chaotic everything is for Maggie and Jason. They sneak away at the end and decide to take Maggie’s parents new car for a spin.
That’s just as this whole pie throwing contest takes place in the living room. It’s actually pretty entertaining, because they really go for it.
End scene: They didn’t constantly remind us that Mike doesn’t have a date for no reason, right? No they didn’t, because it’s actually revealed that Mike and Julie are secretly dating. They keep it in suspense by not showing her, but you totally know it’s her. Who else would it?
I liked the setup of this episode, but the structure is sorta weird. It just doesn’t really seem to go anywhere then the episode is over. There just didn’t really seem like a point to make this episode. Why is it called Anniversary from Hell. Like I said, i like the title, but it doesn’t seem that bad for Jason and Maggie. It’s their anniversary after all.
And That’s the Point